Family Hikes in the Rocks & Mountains of New Mexico

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One of our favorite ways to get exercise as a family is to go on little hikes.  The little one is always interested in hiking if it involves climbing, so lately we have been heading to the foothills for short 1-2 mile hikes with lots of areas for him to climb.  We try and keep him motivated to keep moving by hunting for rocks, pointing out interesting bugs, and allowing him to climb all he wants when the opportunity arises.

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The mountains in New Mexico are one of the major reasons the state has been nick named “The Land of Enchantment” and they truly are enchanting. The Sandia foothills are desert terrain and as you hike farther and higher the terrain becomes more green and has tons of larger boulders that provide much welcomed shade from the harsh sun. It’s a gorgeous site and easily accessible from most of the neighborhoods along the foothills.

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We are preparing to travel to Alaska in August, so we are trying out all our hiking gear before we leave to make sure we love it. You can read more about that here.  I recently bought these hiking boots, which are a complete game changer when it comes to hiking on rocky terrain.  They give so much support and stability that I didn’t even notice all the rocks or stumble along like I usually do in my sneakers.  We lucked out when we were shopping at REI and found these toddler hiking boots on sale for $20! The little one has been talking non-stop about his “hik–in boooots”.


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32 thoughts on “Family Hikes in the Rocks & Mountains of New Mexico

  1. Samantha

    You’re going to Alaska in August? I cannot tell you how jealous I am. I have always wanted to go to Alaska and my husband and I have talked about doing a cruise there but can’t justify the cost right now. Hope you have a blast and you look beautiful!


    1. Carly

      Thanks so much we are very excited! It’s our celebration for paying off med school loans. I hope you get the opportunity to visit someday too

  2. Grace Liang

    It is a great idea to try out the hiking gears first! We went to a 4 hour deep woods hiking last weekend and we were not fully prepared. 😉 Have a great time in Alaska!

    Take care and keep in touch!
    Please stop by every Wednesday for Color and Grace Fashion link up! 🙂


  3. Melissa

    Wow it looks so beautiful out there! Those hiking boots are so cute too, I feel like it’s always hard to find some cute looking hiking boots.

    1. Carly

      Thanks! It took me awhile to find some hiking boots that didn’t look so masculine, but REI had 2-3 good options, which is where I got these


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